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Volunteering with Southern Health

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Southern Health during this difficult time.

As you can imagine the work and need within the NHS is changing by the day and the involvement of volunteers will be crucial going forward. At the moment we are asking applicants to state their skills, interests, availability and what they can offer. 

You will then be added to a pool of volunteers where we will operate an ‘as and when’ basis and contact people when various roles become available. 

You don’t need any specific skills to be a volunteer, we are looking for kind, compassionate people with the desire to really make a difference.

What roles do we currently have?

1. Delivery of Personal Protection Equipment to various sites using Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) vans – seven days a week.

2. Delivery of food to sixteen sites from a central distribution point (Swanmore), three times a week.

We are not expecting you to be available for all seven days, whatever time/days would suit you best!

What is the process after I apply?

We will need you to complete an application form, occupational health and DBS check (dependant on the role). 

Are there any restrictions on who can volunteer?

In line with the government restrictions, volunteers must be eighteen or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone, if these roles become available.

Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

How do I apply?

Please email shft.volunteers@nhs.net with a completed application form.

There are also opportunities to volunteer through our Trust charity, Brighterway, for more information about how you can support or find out how you can get involved please visit their website
 
       

 Other ways to apply

 Follow us on social media!

Twitter: @SHFT_Volunteers




Enquiries:

If you feel this is something you would be interested in please complete the enquiries form below, we will be in touch within 4-5 working days:

Take a look at our FAQs to find out more!

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No. Many of our volunteers aren’t current patients/service user.

In general, you would need to be over 18 to volunteer with Southern Health so you can make a useful and safe contribution.

We cannot always provide supervision so this may restrict younger people from volunteering.

Yes - but you must tell your Job Centre about your volunteering.  

In general, there is no minimum time you must give you can discuss with us what arrangement works for you and the role you are applying for

As a volunteer you will not be paid. We will however ensure you don’t lose out financially through volunteering so will cover agreed expenses, such as travel.

Yes, we have a full induction and training process. You will receive a thorough induction to your specific role so that you are confident in what we are asking you to do.

Yes, you will have access to Southern Health training, these opportunities can be discussed with your manager.

Yes, you will receive ongoing support in your role. You will have a named supervisor and additional support from colleagues.

We are developing processes and pathways to ensure career development is an integral part of the volunteer experience.

All staff receive a weekly bulletin (email) with updates on news and opportunities across the Trust. We are in the process of developing volunteer networks within the trust.

Southern Health recognises staff achievement at our STAR Awards. 

Yes, volunteers at Southern Health have the same cover as paid staff, as long as they are carrying out the duties in their role description and a risk assessment for that role has been carried out.

Please complete the enquiries form at the bottom of this page we will be in touch within 4-5 working days.

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